Haitian elections discredited by fraud

first_imgHaiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), in an attempt to silence its critics, opened up a selection of its vote tallies to public inspection. Seventy-eight out of 13,000 were randomly selected and then inspected. One hundred percent of this sample was found to be invalid. (Haiti Sentinel, Dec. 2)The CEP threw out the 78 fraudulent tallies, but still went ahead and decided not to review how they were counted and how the counting was conducted. They declared the vote count “official,” with Jovenel Moïse of the governing Parti Haïtien Tèt Kale (PHTK) coming in first with 33 percent and Jude Célestine, running for the Alternative League for Progress and Haitian Emancipation (LAPEH), second, with 25 percent of the vote.Célestin has endorsed a statement by a group of eight Haitian political parties saying that he will not contest the next round of voting on Dec. 27, but he has not officially withdrawn.The U.S. government invested $30 million in these elections. The European Community sent in teams of observers. Both were quick to accept the results of these elections. What this means is that the imperialist powers support the policies of Martelly’s PHTK government and want to see them continued under Moïse.Martelly has announced that he is taking steps to reinstitute the Haitian army. This instrument of state power will make it easier for the bourgeois rulers to repress and exploit the Haitian people and guarantee “stability.” (Haïti-Liberté, Dec. 2)The Haitian people had a vastly different perspective. They wanted their votes counted fairly. They wanted to run their own country and it was obvious that extensive ballot stuffing and other fraud had been perpetuated to produce favorable results for the PHTK.A U.S. delegation of election monitors from the National Lawyers Guild and International Association of Democratic Lawyers said the voting arrangements “fell far short of minimum standards for fair elections” and called for an independent investigation. (Haïti-Liberté, Nov. 25)The Haitian people came out in the tens of thousands both in Port-au-Prince and nationwide to protest the CEP and to demand a fair vote. This happened day after day at the call of LAPEH, Fanmi Lavalas and Dessalines Children Platform (Pitit Dessalines), three of the opposition parties.After Martelly resigned, some of the protesters raised a call for a transitional government and completely new elections.In a country where many working people live without electricity or telephone service such massive and frequent demonstrations reflect a deep anger.Both the Catholic hierarchy and the Protestant churches in Haiti called for an independent investigation and examination of the Aug. 9 and Oct. 25 elections.The new U.S. ambassador to Haiti, Peter Mulrean, said he hoped the new Haitian president would be chosen by the ballot box rather than in the streets. He was speaking at a Christmas party held at his private residence. (Radio Metropole, Dec. 6)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Student wins ‘College Gentleman of the Year’ award honoring modern chivalry

first_imgWhen senior Jim Martinson first heard that he had been nominated for a Gentleman’s Showcase award from the Network of Enlightened Women (NeW), he said he thought the award would be a modest accomplishment. “It was kind of funny, because I thought at first that this thing would be something that just my family’s going to know about, and maybe I’ll tell a few of my friends, but then a lot of people started voting,” he said.But after Martinson won the showcase and was named the 2019 College Gentleman of the Year, the experience took a turn for him.“I was really humbled by the whole thing,” he said. “I really didn’t think it was going to be a big deal. I really didn’t think I was going to win, because there were 85 different entries and I didn’t think that people were going to get too excited about it. But I was really overwhelmed by the amount of support and the amount of people that were interested in getting me nominated, and so I was just very impressed but also very surprised by the whole experience.”Karin Lips, founder and president of NeW, said the organization seeks to award this honor to someone who has been well-rounded throughout their college experience.“The Gentlemen Showcase celebrates young men who are polite, act with integrity and treat everyone with the respect they deserve,” Lips said in an email. “Selflessness, respect and kindness are common themes nominators use. The men nominated stand by their values, fight for good in their communities and advocate for positive change. We want to honor these young men — and encourage more of them.”Martinson said the award seeks to recognize men who exhibit respect towards others on a day-to-day basis.“It’s basically promoting modern-day chivalry, I guess you could say,” he said. “Basically, the premise of it is a lot of people think that chivalry’s gone and it’s dead and it’s not coming back, but their goal is to highlight the fact that there are still guys out there that hold doors open for women and take people out on dates and are nice to their sisters.”As his prize, Martinson received $1,000 to donate to the charity of his choice, according to a press release. Martinson said he chose the Love and Fidelity Network as the beneficiary of his donation for their work advocating for marriage and family values.“It just basically promotes the idea that marriage is the fundamental building block of society, and so just all of their ideas and their conferences and their funding goes towards promoting events that live out that message — whether that be talking about adoption or talking about how to be a good parent, how to prepare yourself for a family life,” Martinson said.“In the society that we live in today, I think family life has taken a backseat to a lot of people’s careers,” he added. “I think careers are extremely important, and something that both men and women should absolutely strive to be successful, but at the same time, I think our society has really sacrificed the family for career a lot of the time, and this is something that the Love and Fidelity Network tries to say; ‘Those two things are compatible.’” Martinson also serves as the president of Students for Child Oriented Policy (SCOP), a campus organization that aims to protect the interests of children through legislation both at Notre Dame and in the world. The Gentleman of the Year award corresponds with SCOP’s mission and pillars, he said.“I think it’s very fitting for SCOP, because the Students for Child-Oriented Policy just promotes the policy that helps the [nourishment] and development of children,” he said. “SCOP has five pillars — they are family, adoption, education, anti-pornography and anti-drug abuse. But all those things are centered around the child, and making sure that the child’s development and well-being is protected. I think this award fits in really well with what we’re trying to do with SCOP, which is just basically promoting that same idea — that family life is so fundamental to society and it’s the only way for society to continue and function and thrive — by promoting the family unit.”Lips said the award is important in light of conversations taking place about women’s rights nationwide. “At a time when we are having a national discussion about how women are treated in the workplace and relationships, this contest adds an important element by showcasing men who respect women and demonstrate kindness to all,” she said. “NeW encourages equality and mutual respect between men and women. By praising gentlemen, we hope to inspire more of them.”After receiving the award, Martinson said he is going to continue trying to be the best friend and man he can be moving forward.“I plan to just keep doing the things that I’m doing, treating all men and women that I meet with respect and the dignity that they deserve,” he said. “I think being a gentleman manifests itself in the little things that you do in daily life. … You want to always be thinking about others and thinking about people that you care about and how you can help them. A lot of being a gentleman is being a good friend to men and women, and to challenge people to be better people as well.”Tags: Chivalry, college gentleman of the year, Gentlemen, love and fidelity network, Network of Enlightened Women, Students for Child Oriented Policylast_img read more

Credit Union Growth Series [Part 2]: What matters most with digital & your data

first_img This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mobile banking usage has grown exponentially with the pandemic. Hear how to leverage the increased usage and demand for on-demand channels to enhance member service, marketing, growth, and risk strategies.Key Takeaways:[03:56] End to end digital lending, personal video, text messaging are more relevant than it was a year ago.[04:27] More sophisticated digital marketing techniques have very quickly become more important when we are not getting frequent in-branch opportunities to interact and present offers to members.[11:36] If you’re not texting you need to get to it. 93% of all texts are read within nine minutes.[14:55] Do a simple audit of your own digital experience. Put yourself in the shoes of a current or potential member.center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more